Ok so I was familiar with “the dragon book” - the canonical textbook explaining compilers with a dragon on the cover - but apparently I somehow completely missed the existence of “the dinosaur book” for operating systems??
More covers and some background from one of the co-authors here: https://galvin.info/history-of-operating-system-concepts-textbook/
it seems slightly less blantant than the collectible Canadian dinosaur quarters I posted a few years back and yet somehow less likely to have been a coincidence https://mastodon.social/@SpindleyQ/101712122930592360
@SpindleyQ I like how the author credits on Applied Operating System Concepts imply that the dinosaurs are the authors' fursonas (fursonae?)
@SpindleyQ An O-Reilly book? I have many o them and also like their woodcuts, but I have not been keeping up on which animal is which
@chrisna from what I'm able to find, it looks like it was originally published by Addison-Wesley, and is currently published by Wiley. Referring to books by the weird animal on the cover rather than the author or the boring, generic title has a long, rich tradition in computer science!
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